"Too many women face unnecessary difficulties on the job, like the difficulty of being paid less than a man for doing the same work," said Obama. "That’s a difficulty. Or being reprimanded or fired for taking too many bathroom breaks when you’re pregnant. Clearly that’s a man making that decision because they don’t have five pounds of kicks pressing down on their bladder.
"Women can’t even depend, by law, on getting a paid day off to give birth," Obama said.
When Obama was a state senator in Illinois, he repeatedly opposed that state's version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which would have defined any baby born alive--even a baby who survived an abortion--as a "human being" and a "person."